Hannah Minghella Re-Ups as Sony TriStar Pictures President

TriStar Pictures President Hannah Minghella has renewed her contract with the Sony film label, a key retention for the regime of studio Chairman Tom Rothman.

Minghella was named president in August 2015 of TriStar, the Sony Pictures Entertainment unit that produces literary and prestige pictures. TriStar has been an active buyer of acclaimed literary properties and filmmaker-driven projects.

TriStar’s upcoming films include “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, which will be released next week; “T2: Trainspotting,” from director Danny Boyle, due in February; “Baby Driver,” due in March from writer-director Edgar Wright, and starring Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Ansel Elgort, Lily James and Eiza Gonzalez, and set for release in March.

The retention of Minghella comes at a time when other executives at Sony have complained to management about what they say is Rothman’s abrasive, micro-managing style. Variety recently reported than more than a dozen senior executives had lodged protests about the film chairman with the studio’s Human Resources Department or with Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.

Others inside Sony have defended Rothman, saying he has been forced to push hard to reserve poor results that have put the studio at or near the bottom of domestic box office results for several years. Sources had said over the weekend that Rothman was on the verge of getting two key executives to re-up. Minghella represents one of those moves.

In a statement about Minghella’s re-signing, Rothman called her “a rare jewel: wise, brave, classy, aggressive, and smart as a whip.” He credited Minghella and other TriStar managers, including Nicole Brown, with putting the label in the best possible hands.

Minghella, in turn, called it a “privilege” to work at a studio “committed to making great movies worthy of the Pegasus” — a reference to the TriStar logo.

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